Penn Valley Union to name new superintendent
July 31, 2014
The board for the newly consolidated Penn Valley Union School District will vote to approve the contract for the district’s new superintendent Wednesday, according to current district superintendent Debra Sandoval.
“We’re not releasing the name until after the board meeting,” Sandoval said. “The person needs to be able to give notice to their place, so I believe there will be a press release on Thursday with all the details.”
In March, the district’s search for a new superintendent began after Sandoval put in her request to retire, to take care of her husband who suffered an accident earlier this year.
In May, the board went to the Nevada County school board to review 18 applications for the position from candidates of diverse backgrounds, receiving resumes from applicants as far away as Mississippi and Alaska.
The district also held several public meetings, conducted surveys and compiled data from the community to get public input into the district’s hiring process.
After narrowing down the number of applicants to four, the board conducted interviews on May 27, consisting of two interview teams, one representing all the school board members and the other a group that represents teachers, classified staff, members of the community and the Parent Teacher Association.
The district aimed to have a new superintendent hired by July 1 to begin the new school year in place of Sandoval, whose initial contract ended on June 30.
Following the interviews, though, the board reposted the position to get more applications, and had another round of interviews.
Sandoval was given a short-term extended contract until the district hired a new superintendent. She has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, and has been district superintendent for more than six years.
“It’s bittersweet,” Sandoval said. “For me it’s the exciting time of the year when you’re gearing up for a new school year whether when I was a teacher or principal or superintendent, it just gets so exciting. And I realize that I am going to miss my first day of school.”
Wednesday’s board meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the district office conference room.
As far as the transition, Sandoval says she will be sharing all information surrounding the district’s consolidation with the new superintendent, along with the basic budget protocols and policies.
Regardless of her position with the district, Sandoval says she will be present at the next three board meetings to answer questions and give reports on district issues she is currently dealing with.
“I think it’s an incredibly great opportunity right now for a new leader to be coming into the new district,” Sandoval said. “It’s got a great future.”
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion. com or call 530-477- 4236.